Zagreb’s Old Town

One of my favourite spots in Zagreb is the Old Town. It’s not as spectacular as the Old Town of Dubrovnik nor as flashy as the one in Split, but it does carry itself with a certain elegance that suits its status as the address of the Croatian Parliament.

Old Town

Along these narrow stone paved alleys, you’ll find monument after monument and landmark after landmark. It offers something for everyone – from architectural landmarks and historic churches to a variety of museums, galleries and boutiques.

The most prominent figure here is the 13th century St. Mark’s Church, the face of Zagreb on many tourist brochures. Its unique titled roof with the city coat of arms stands out against the pastel shades of the area. The other points of interest include the Stone gate. This is the only surviving town gate, which is better known for its Miriam shrine. Legend has it that when a fire consumed the area in 1731, it destroyed everything save a painting of the Virgin Mary. They say if you light a candle here your wishes come true.

St. Mark

And then there is the medieval Lotrscak tower. It was built in the 13th century to fortify the town’s defences. For years a cannon has been fired from the tower at noon. You can climb the tower to catch a glimpse of the cannon and the city.

A great way to cap off any visit to the Old Town is to head down the beautiful Strossmayer Promenade. It runs along the old city walls and offers the most spectacular views of the city.

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